two weeks after the conclusion of their Nawettan, Jangjanbureh Sports Committee
in Central River Region commenced their knockout tournament on Friday 12
October 2018 at Armitage football field where defending champions Just Act FC
took on Janjanbureh eleven in the opening game.
Six teams are vying for the knockout trophy named after two late natives of Jangjanbureh Kebba Yerro Manneh (KYM) and Saikou Jam Jawo, former chairman of JJB sport committee.
In the opening, both teams fought for goals but it took defending champions Just Act FC twenty-six minutes to find the back of the net through skipper Baboucarr Janneh. The two sides continued their efforts but the first half ended one nil.
Upon resumption of the second period, Just Act FC continued their outstanding performance that rewarded them with a penalty in the 52nd minute. The spot-kick was converted by Hammadi Njie to earn Just Act FC a convincing 2-nil win over Janjanbureh 11.
Losing head coach of Janjanbureh 11 FC Kebba Mbenga expressed disappointment with the performance of the referee. He urged the sport committee to look for referees who will exercise fair play during games as football is known for fair play.
Coach Mbenga thanked organizers for the initiative, saying it is meant to bring unity among people of the community.
Winning team coach Basiru Gomez alias Chris said his team is well-organized and united and expressed optimism that they will defend their crown.
Gomez explains that his team’s success is down to dedication, discipline, hard work and commitment towards the every game.
He called on stakeholders, individuals, the private sector and government to assist Jangjanbureh with their town football field ground as the field is in a bad condition.
He pointed out that Jangjanbureh has great talents who need support, motivation and encouragement, adding that without a proper pitch for players, it will be difficult for them to realize their potentials.
Chairman of Jangjanbureh Sports Committee Omar Bayo explained that the tournament is staged in memory of two late natives of Jangjanbureh who contributed immensely to the development of sports and the town.
Chairman Bayo thanked Janjanbureh UK Foundation, Jadda B in Banjul, for their invaluable support towards development in the town particularly in staging the memorial tournament.
Mr. Bayo also appealed for assistance for the development of the Janjanbureh football field ground, saying the JJB field has been in terrible conditions for years. He called on the ministry of sports, government, individuals and other stakeholders to come forward and help in upgrading the town football field.
Bayo concluded that winners would go home with a cash prize of D5000 and gold medal whilst runner-up will collect D3000 and silver medal.